Los­ing touch with re­al­ity

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> I have been dwelling on this is­sue for some time but de­layed putting fin­ger to key­board as the lack of other com­ment has left me feel­ing like a grumpy old techno­phobe. How­ever, em­bold­ened by Ben Barry’s ad­mit­tedly slightly throw­away gripes about the lat­est VW Golf GTI’s touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, I thought it time to give vent to my con­cerns about the num­ber of func­tions now be­ing han­dled by touch­screens and how dan­ger­ous this is.

In­tu­itively it has just seemed wrong to me, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Peu­geot and Citroën hire cars in the past cou­ple of years has am­ply con­firmed my sus­pi­cions.

Cur­rent Porsches are com­monly lam­basted for the ar­ray of but­tons fes­toon­ing their dash­boards but their tac­til­ity and soon-learned lo­ca­tions mean eyes-offthe-road time is far shorter than try­ing to stab at a screen. It is also more sat­is­fy­ing to press a but­ton.

What a shame that even Porsche seems to be head­ing down the ‘hit it and hope’ route. Surely this is a back­ward step? Nick Ge­or­giadis

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